As a contemporary multi-artists, curator and designer, my practice takes on many forms often not overly commercial in nature. This is not that I do not have expenses that come with life but my arts focus is always on my message and that the medium becomes a vehicle for that message to be delivered. This makes my arts objects the byproducts of delivering my messages and as my mediums are often not commercially viable, I often do not engage the commercial art world. An additional constraint is that I am not a perfectionist in any way. My art functions as a broadcast point for challenging ideas and making change within communities and governments. I navigate our world by focusing on where I can support those I care about embracing ideas of openness, respect and reciprocity. I see the mutual benefit in creating spaces where cultural cohabitation takes shape while respecting many viewpoints. I support critical discourse as a mode of civic engagement within a healthier society amplifying voices that challenge in order to better understand each other.
This series of photographic images made without a camera summarize a series of 25 identity-based works are each statements both personal and outward facing addressing indigenous representation specifically in the formation of toy culture. Within my overall arts career, I have spent a volume of time exploring adolescence and the formation of modern day cultural sub-groups as a way of attempting to better understand pivotal roles within society. Toy culture steadily increases its prominence as part of my arts life as I continue to provoke thought and challenge societal expectations between people. These works were created when I had access to a darkroom after conducting a workshop in partnership with Gallery44 in Toronto making photograms with Indigenous youth. The first 6 are entitled “photogram toys only 01-06” and the other 19 are entitled “photogram toys and awesome – 01-19“. although the images are relatively the same, these are original photograms with assortments changing placement slightly making each work unique and not duplicated.